Montrealer charged in suspected compassion killing to be released on bail

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing was granted bail Friday.Michel Cadotte, who is in his mid-50s, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.He told reporters moments after his release from detention he wanted “to move on to the next step. I am tired. I am drained.”Cadotte must abide by several conditions, which include living with his sister, taking prescription drugs, getting psychological support and paying a $10,000 guarantee.On the day of his wife’s death, Cadotte wrote on Facebook he had consented to a request for assisted death, had “cracked” and was waiting for police.Elfriede-Andree Duclervil has suggested her client’s alleged actions were driven by empathy and compassion.She says Cadotte has received support from his family as well as the victim’s and that her client does not represent a risk to society.Duclervil said on Friday “the public would have been shocked if Cadotte was not released on bail.”She added that her client’s case was a perfect opportunity for society to discuss a difficult subject.“Our client is an occasion to debate something that is extremely difficult in society right now,” Duclervil said.“His situation is personal. He was someone who was physically and emotionally at the breaking point. No one condones what happened to Mrs. Lizotte. Unfortunately, Michel Cadotte was almost the only one there for her day in and day out.“At one point, as he said in his testimony, he cracked.”last_img read more

Mother filing complaint against RCMP officer for allegedly punching her son at

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe mother of a 15-year-old boy is filing a complaint to the RCMP after watching a video of her son allegedly getting punched in the head by an officer during an arrest at the Melfort Fair in Saskatchewan.APTN News was sent a copy of a video, which appears to show an officer walking over to the teen, who’s lying on the ground underneath a set of bleachers, before swinging at his head twice.On Monday, RCMP released a statement saying the 15-year-old boy from Tisdale, Sask. was arrested at the Melfort Fair on July 20 for wielding a fake firearm.The teen cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. According to the release, an “altercation” took place between the teen and three “females.”The 15-year-old was arrested and charged with several offences, including pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose and breach of probation. There were no shots fired and no injuries reported.But the teen’s mother, who also cannot be named as it could identify the teen, said the boy “had a large red mark on his forehead from where the police officer punched him,” plus injuries from a fight with a girl.She said her son was defending himself after the girl confronted him. Someone else showed up with a pellet gun and her son “took it from him.”“Then the RCMP and other news made it sound as though my son was there to shoot up the exhibition,” she said.The RCMP phoned her and she spoke with her son, who informed her that a police officer punched him.“And then to actually see it on video made me sick to my stomach and the tears rolled down my face,” she said.The original video is about a minute and a half long, but APTN trimmed it down to 15 seconds because the rest does not show much more of the arrest.Her son was taken into custody and appeared in court on Monday.According to a statement sent to APTN by the RCMP, the officers were dealing with a “significant public threat.”“The situation was highly-fluid and the firearm had not yet been located,” the statement said. “Because the subject refused to comply with officers’ instructions, a determination was made to immediately effect an arrest utilizing an appropriate level of force to ensure public and officer safety.”“As is the case with any such incidents, a Subject Behaviour/Officer Response (SB/OR) report is required. It will be reviewed internally to determine if the level of force used was appropriate.”The mother said she has also filed a complaint against the officer in question with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.She said her son has had previous run-ins with the law, but that he has struggled with ADHD and had been seeking counselling.“And all I want is the best for my son and to help him get better. He needs the help.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

Floridas Muslim Community Helps Workers Impacted by Government Shutdown

Rabat – Muslims in Tampa, Florida launched a humanitarian initiative to help those impacted by the government shutdown in the US. The community will be serving free dinners for federal workers impacted by the US government shutdown.Dinners will be served daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay in Florida.Read Also: US government reopens for business after two week shutdownSyrian refugees will be helping by cooking meals for the workers and their families. The program includes a food pantry and cash allowance. The US government announced a partial end to the shutdown on Friday. US President Donald Trump signed a bill to end the shutdown on Friday.“We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said.But Trump warned that the government will shut down again on February 15 “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress.”“The government will either shut down on Feb. 15, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” he added. read more

UN agency welcomes reopening of key bridge in Gaza Strip

Attending the re-opening ceremony, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd said the agency was proud to have supported the 88-metre-long bridge’s reconstruction.“This is an important project, but it is one among many others that need to be undertaken to repair the damage done to civilian infrastructure by years of conflict,” Ms. AbuZayd said.“With the support of UNRWA and the international community, I hope that other reconstruction projects can be undertaken to raise the standard of living in the West Bank and Gaza.”Built in 1962 by Egypt, the bridge connects the south of Gaza with the north and becomes especially vital during winter, when heavy rains and flash floods make movement within the Gaza Strip more difficult.It was destroyed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) last June, and reconstruction began in December and took about 14 weeks. 22 March 2007The main United Nations agency charged with caring for Palestinian refugees today welcomed the re-opening of the Wadi Gaza bridge, a vital transport link in the Gaza Strip that was destroyed by Israeli military forces last year. read more

TSX moves lower on broad market weakness

The Toronto stock market moved lower Monday following weekend reports of the latest high-level talks on resolving the “fiscal cliff” stalemate in Washington.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 46.11 points to 12,250.61 near midday, while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 4.99 points to 1,188.61.The Canadian dollar was up 0.23 of a cent to 101.60 cents US.TSX energy stocks were down 0.2 per cent as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 76 cents to US$87.49 a barrel.March copper was down two cents at US$3.67 a pound while February gold bullion lifted 50 cents to US$1,697.50 an ounce.House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner reportedly told President Barack Obama on the weekend that he could be flexible on raising taxes on some wealthy earners in exchange for cuts to benefit programs cherished by Democrats.A White House official says the president and Republican leader are meeting at the White House to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and deficit reduction.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 69.76 points to 13,204.77, the Nasdaq rose 20.88 points to 2,992.21. The S&P 500 index was off 10.84 points at 1,424.42.A survey of top business economists released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics showed that most believe that modest growth will be ongoing in 2013, led by rising demand for housing. Based on the survey, NABE sees economic growth of 2.1 per cent after 2.2 per cent growth in 2012.In Canada, the real-estate industry’s main association released a revised forecast for 2012 housing resales. The Canadian Real Estate Association now projects 456,300 units will be sold in 2012, half a percentage point below last year’s level. The Canadian national average home price is projected to rise by 0.3 per cent to $363,900 in 2012.In corporate developments, copper miner Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) says it has yet to receive the increased $5.1-billion takeover bid that was announced by First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) on Sunday. Inmet is urging shareholders to withhold taking action until it can evaluate the details. Inmet shares rose five per cent to $73.30.TSX financial stocks were ahead 0.2 per cent, while Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) has agreed to sell its U.S. annuity unit and certain life insurance businesses for US$1.35 billion to Delaware Life Holdings, a company owned by shareholders of Guggenheim Partners. Sun Life shares dropped 55 cents to $27.28.Shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) were down after the company said its new BlackBerry 10 operating system is undergoing a invitation-only user testing at 120 select government and private-sector customers across various industries. The company’s stock was down 24 cents to $13.64.Overseas, Japanese shares outperformed all others on hopes that the new government will soon enact fresh stimulus measures.The country’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 0.9 per cent to close at 9,828.88, its highest level since April, after the country’s Liberal Democratic party swept back into power with a landslide victory in weekend elections .Elsewhere in Asia, China’s shares fared fairly well as its new leaders promised more spending if needed to underpin a wobbly economic recovery. Those hopes helped the Shanghai Composite rise 0.4 per cent to 2,160.34 and the smaller Shenzhen Composite index to end 0.4 per cent higher to 819.58.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.4 per cent at 5,896 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.1 per cent to 7,590. The CAC-40 in France was 0.3 per cent lower at 3,634. read more

Empire Co Ltd reports 1306M Q1 profit up from 956M a year

Companies in this story: (TSX:EMP.A)The Canadian Press STELLARTON, N.S. — Empire Co. Ltd. says it earned a profit of $130.6 million in its latest quarter, up from $95.6 million in the same quarter last year.The parent company of the Sobeys grocery chain says the profit amounted to 48 cents per share for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 3.That’s compared with a profit of 35 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, Empire says it earned 49 cents per share for the quarter, up from 37 cents a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 48 cents per share, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Sales totalled $6.74 billion, up from $6.46 billion, while same-store sales excluding fuel increased 2.4 per cent.

Ahead of Olympic Games UN Assembly President pleads for observance of truce

President Jan Eliasson of Sweden, who is also a member of the Board of the International Truce Foundation, issued a statement calling for “measures to ensure a peaceful global environment for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.”He noted that in 1998, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), decided to fly the UN flag at all its competition sites, while the UN was expanding its collaboration with the IOC through the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The General Assembly has urged Member States to observe the Olympic Truce from the seventh day before the opening to the seventh day after the closing of each Olympic Games.That observance should come during the XX Olympic Winter Games, to be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February, and the Paralympic Winter Games, also in Turin, from 10 to 19 March, the Assembly said.In making his appeal today, the Assembly President echoed a call by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who on 25 January urged all warring factions to lay down their arms during the Games. He said the Olympics offer a long enough “for the protagonists and people who are destroying their own countries and killing each other to pause for a moment, look around them and see what damage they are doing.”He added: “And hopefully some of them will not pick up the weapons again and will realize there is another way.” read more

Young Buckeyes fight through early losses remain determined to win

First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.” “We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said Wednesday. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.” Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team. “We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said. Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking. “For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said Wednesday. “We’re gonna take it game by game.” With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses. “We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.” DeLucia also said his only expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient. While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings. Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field. “It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple. “Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.” There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive. “Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.” read more

Mignolet to make decision on future after World Cup

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that his future at the club is uncertain and that a final decision will be made after the World CupThe Belgium international lost his place in as the number one goalkeeper to Loris Karius, after a short spell injured. His future at Anfield was thrown into further doubt when Jurgen Klopp admitted that Karius will now be the first-choice for the remainder of the season.Mignolet has revealed that he has held conversations with Klopp over his role at the club. The 30 year-old remains keen to regain his place in the team, but will hold off on any final decision until the World Cup is over.“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” said Mignolet, according to DHNET.“I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool.“Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”Mignolet admitted his disappointment at being dropped by Klopp: “I was disappointed. In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.“I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so.“The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”Mignolet played in goal for Belgium in their convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening after Thibaut Courtois sustained an injury.last_img read more

CARICOM Assessment Team Views Ragged Island After Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 20, 2017 – Ragged Island – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield led a delegation to Duncan Town, Ragged Island, on September 16, 2017, so that regional partners could see firsthand the damage raged on the island by Category-5 Hurricane Irma.Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque joined other senior CARICOM officials as they rode on trucks and spoke to residents, Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and disaster responders stationed on the island.Among the Bahamian officials in the delegation were Minister of Labour, Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes; Foreign Affairs Acting Permanent Secretary Donna Lowe; Bahamas Ambassador-Designate to CARICOM His Excellency Reuben Rahming; Director-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock; and National Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell.Among the damaged properties they inspected were the police station, the “fish house” where thousands of dollars of seafood was stored, government administrative facilities, and a number of private residents — some of which were flattened by the hurricane.One resident in particular, 53-year-old Mr. Terence Wallace told the delegation about his riding out the storm.    He pointed out that the house that he lived in was leveled by Hurricane Irma’s winds, as the eye passed over the island.“I came here by my cuz to be safe,” he said, as he gestured towards a concrete block home next to the destroyed “fish house.”He also showed Ambassador LaRocque his family’s pigeon house and smiled at the Ambassador’s amazement at the fact the birds rode out the storm in their facility.“The birds, they know what to do,” Mr. Wallace said quietly.By: Eric RosePHOTO CAPTIONSHeader Photo:  Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield (left) speaks, on September 16, 2017, as (from second left) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Minister of Labour Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes and Bahamas Ambassador-Designate to CARICOM His Excellency Reuben Rahming listen, during a delegation visit to Ragged Island to see firsthand the damaged raged by Hurricane Irma.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert 1: Remnants of a home and its contents after Hurricane Irma’s rampage through Duncan Town, Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert 2:  A number of delegation members traveling on a truck, on September 16, 2017, to see firsthand the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)Insert 3:  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (left) speaks, on September 16, 2017, with 53-year-old resident Mr. Terence Wallace, concerning his ordeal during the passage of Hurricane Irma over Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Driver involved in deadly New Years crash returns to court

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver involved in a deadly crash had to return to court.Isaias Medina appeared before a judge, Thursday, and was granted house arrest after he was jailed for vehicular manslaughter.Related: Video shows Porsche speeding before fatal Key Biscayne crashInvestigators said the 19-year-old was speeding when he crashed his Porsche into a tree on Harbor Drive in Key Biscayne on New Year’s Day 2016.The accident killed his backseat passenger, 18-year-old Daniela San Miguel.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

In Major Shift Boy Scouts Says It Will Begin Allowing Girls To

first_img Share Mary Altaffer/APThe Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will begin welcoming girls into its programs “after years of receiving requests from families and girls.”In a move that shakes up more than a century of tradition, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that starting next year, it will welcome girls into some Scouting programs.The BSA said in a statement on its site that girls can join its Cub Scouts program starting in 2018. It will be up to existing packs to decide whether they will remain all-boys, go co-ed or create all-girl divisions. Cub Scout dens, which are smaller units of six to eight kids within packs, will remain single-gender.As for older girls, the organization says it will announce a program next year that will enable them to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. It hopes to have the program in place in 2019.“This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families,” BSA said.The decision comes after years of requests from families, the organization said. “Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing.”It added that the move is also geared toward Hispanic and Asian communities, which are “currently underserved” and “prefer to participate in activities as a family.”The Boy Scouts serves more than 2 million young people, according to last year’s annual report. The organization has moved to become more inclusive, after years of declining membership — announcing in 2013 that it would admit openly gay youths and ending a blanket ban on gay leaders in 2015. Earlier this year, the group announced it would admit transgender boys.As The Two-Way reported in August, the Boy Scouts had for months been “exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family — boys and girls,” according to spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos. That didn’t sit well with the Girl Scouts of the USA, whose leadership accused the Boy Scouts of running a “covert campaign to recruit girls.”In a scathing letter published by BuzzFeed News at the time, Girl Scouts National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan called the Boy Scouts’ plan unsettling and said it would only serve to undercut the Girl Scouts. She added that a co-ed model goes against “research supporting single gender programming.”The Girl Scouts did not immediately respond to a request for comment following the Boy Scouts’ decision Wednesday.The Boy Scouts already has certain co-ed programs in place, including Venturers and Sea Scouts, both billed as character-building programs, and Exploring, which focuses on career building.The announcement about welcoming girls came on the International Day of the Girl, which the U.N. says, “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Project Morpheus is Sonys 1080p virtual reality headset for PS4

first_imgTalk of virtual reality headsets in recent times has been focused on the development of the Oculus Rift. That headset has already been made available to developers for some time, and has even attracted the likes of John Carmack who quit id Software to go and work at Oculus full-time.But while Oculus may hope its headset will become the standard, other companies are joining the fray, and Sony is the most recent of those with the announcement of Project Morpheus.Using GDC 2014 as a launch pad, Sony has unveiled its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset specifically for use with the PlayStation 4. It consists of a head-mounted LCD-based unit offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 per eye and a 90 degree field of view. It attaches to the PS4 via both HDMI and USB, includes accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, and utilizes Sony-developed 3D audio technology for surround sound.Tracking player movement and head rotation while wearing Morpheus is done via the PlayStation Camera. PlayStation Move is also being utilized for control purposes, although a DualShock 4 is going to work, too, but feels much less like a sword or gun in your hands.There’s no release window or price being spoken about at the moment. Project Morpheus is just a work in progress prototype right now, but one Sony is keen to share with developers and get in-development games supporting. At GDC there is a modified God of War game running on the unit among a number of other experimental demos including cave diving demo called The Deep, medieval combat game The Castle, CCP’s Eve Valkyrie, and Eidos’ Thief.Whether Morpheus ever sees a commercial release will be down to how much support it gets coupled with how cheap it is to manufacture. It is by no means a certainty just yet.last_img read more

Teslas Autopilot is So Good It Can Predict Crashes Brake Early

first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Today in “the robots are coming” news, we have yet more evidence that humans should not be allowed to drive cars… Really ever. We’re awful at it. We can be easily distracted, we don’t get enough sleep, we drink, and we’re just not able to react fast enough. But even Tesla’s Autopilot system, which is one of the least advanced bits of self-driving car software, can predict and adapt to an impending crash.A dash cam video from the Netherlands clearly shows the car reacting to an unseen vehicle braking ahead. It warns the driver of an impending collision and reacts with time to spare, as another car darts ahead and crashes.The wreck is pretty grizzly, with the first vehicle flipping and rolling several times, but Hans Noordsij, the Twitter user who posted the video, said no one was seriously injured.@elonmusk Finally the right one.— Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) December 27, 2016This whole thing seems utterly unbelievable because the Tesla is reacting to something that the driver cannot see themselves. Tesla’s Autopilot uses an array of radar and visual sensors to detect its surroundings. According to Elon Musk, it also gives the car something akin to X-ray vision, allowing it to practically see through other vehicles.There’s still a lot of legal issues with Autopilot (who do you hold responsible if the software does cause a wreck, for example?), but this is yet another incredible bit of evidence to prove that these vehicles aren’t just better than humans, they’re better than we could ever be. Unless you install radar sensors in your head or some kind of multi-spectrum analyzer like Geordi La Forge from Star Trek, you cannot possibly match this tech.It’s a sad day for someone like me who genuinely enjoys driving, but when you consider the hundreds of thousands of lives we lose to transportation and car accidents annually across the world, implementing these kinds of systems seems like a moral imperative. And it continues to give me hope that, while human primacy’s days are numbered, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Drakensberg Boys Choir to be part of World Choir Games held in

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Choir boys come first in Mudman FinalAlso read: Watch: Exclusive interview with Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School staff at ‘Music in the Mountains’ festivalIn the World Choir Games – The Champions Competition, the choir receiving the Gold Medal with the most points will be awarded the title “Champion of the World Choir Games”. The title can only be given to one choir per category. In the case of a tie, the jury will determine which choir will be the “Champion of the World Choir Games”.The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir is competing in this competition for the first time. In fact, the DBC haven’t competed in a competition since 1983. They look forward to welcoming hundreds of choirs from over 44 countries to our country, along with 147 other South African choirs.The spirit of the event is firmly rooted in the promotion of world peace.Good luck to the DBC, who are there to show the world what they can do on stage!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir (DBC) played to audiences throughout Gauteng recently and showed the world that they are indeed ready for the World Choir Games (the ‘Olympics for Choirs’) to be held in Tshwane in July this year.The event, also known as the “Olympic Games of Choral Music”, is organised by INTERKULTUR, the leading organiser of international choir competitions and festivals since 1988 and celebrates its 10th jubilee edition in Tshwane this year, a first for the African Continent.The 10th biennial World Choir Games is taking place from July 4 to 14 in Pretoria. It is the first time ever that the event will be hosted on African soil.The World Choir Games are the Olympic Games of choral music, with their aims and objectives to showcase, preserve and celebrate the art of choral music across the globe by honouring practitioners and other role players in this music genre.After two decades, the event provides arguably the largest cross-cultural exchange platform in the world.The Champions Competition is designed for experienced choirs that have already proven their level of proficiency at other international competitions. The winners will be awarded Golden, Silver and Bronze medals, and each category winner gets the title and trophy “Champion of the World Choir Games 2018”.Also read: Action-packed ‘Music in the Mountains’ weekend at Drakensberg Boys’ Choir Schoollast_img read more

Obesity in Adolescence May Cause Permanent Bone Loss

first_imgNews | Clinical Trials | November 22, 2016 Obesity in Adolescence May Cause Permanent Bone Loss Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content Teenagers who are obese may be doing irreparable damage to their bones, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).Obesity in childhood and adolescence is associated with a number of health risks, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. For the new study, researchers are looking at how excess weight may affect bone structure.”While obesity was previously believed to be protective of bone health, recent studies have shown a higher incidence of forearm fractures in obese youths,” said the study’s lead author, Miriam A. Bredella, M.D., radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.Bredella and colleagues set out to determine the relationship between adolescent obesity and bone structure. The researchers have recruited 23 obese adolescents with a mean age of 17 years and a mean body mass index (BMI) of 44 kg/m2 for the ongoing study.”Adolescence is the time where we accrue our peak bone mass, so bone loss during this time is a serious problem,” Bredella said. “We know from other chronic states that lead to bone loss in adolescence, such as anorexia nervosa, that increased fracture risk persists in adulthood, even after normalization of body weight. Therefore, it is important to address this problem early on.”The researchers performed 3-D HR-pQCT—a type of computed tomography exam designed specifically for measuring bone mineral density and bone microarchitecture in the arms and legs—to determine the bone structure of the distal radius, an area of the forearm near the wrist. They also performed dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) exams to determine body composition, including lean mass and visceral fat mass. Visceral fat is the deep fat in the abdomen that surrounds the internal organs.”There are several mechanisms by which visceral fat exerts negative effects on bone,” Bredella said. “Visceral fat secretes substances that promote chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation stimulates formation of osteoclasts, which are the cells that resorb or break-down bone. In addition, vitamin D, which is important for bone health, is soluble in adipose tissue and gets trapped within fat cells.”She noted that growth hormone, which is important for bone health, is also lower in adolescents with visceral obesity.The study results showed that BMI was positively associated with cortical thickness and area. Cortical bone is dense and compact and forms the outer shell of most bones. Visceral fat mass was positively associated with cortical porosity.Lean mass was positively associated with trabecular density, volume and integrity. Trabecular bone is a spongy inner layer of bone that provides support and flexibility.The findings suggest that having a high amount of visceral fat coupled with a low amount of muscle mass puts adolescents at risk for weakened bone structure.”The best way to prevent bone loss is a healthy diet that contains adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, along with sufficient exercise, as we have shown in our study that muscle mass is good for bone health,” Bredella said.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has more than quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years. It is estimated that more than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese.Co-authors on the study are Fatima C. Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., Vibha Singhal, M.D., M.B.B.S., Stijn A. 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TICO updates guidelines for trust accounts

first_imgTags: TICO Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — TICO is advising registrants that revised Trust Accounting Guidelines are now available on TICO’s website.The updated guidelines can be accessed here:“Although there are no changes to the existing trust accounting requirements, the revised Guidelines provide further clarifications related to the requirements under the Legislation. The revised Guidelines are a consolidated document which replaces the former retail and wholesale trust accounting guidelines which were last updated in June 2013,” says TICO President and CEO, Richard Smart.Any questions regarding the revised Guidelines should be directed to TICO’s Financial Compliance Department at 1-888-451-8426 or email Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 16, 2016 TICO updates guidelines for trust accountslast_img read more

Hong Kong Airlines will make North American debut in 2017 with daily

first_img Share RICHMOND, BC — Hong Kong Airlines has announced its North American debut with the launch of new nonstop daily service between Hong Kong and Vancouver next summer.Kicking off on June 30, 2017, the year-round service between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will initially be operated using an Airbus 330-200 with 283 seats. The airline operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average aircraft age of just 4.1 years.“Hong Kong Airlines is a well-known, family-friendly airline based in a world class city, and we are thrilled to be able to offer the public even more options to travel between Vancouver and Hong Kong,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Every new airline that chooses to fly to YVR means more jobs for the local economy and creates new opportunities for British Columbians.”The new daily service will generate approximate 431 jobs in British Columbia, both at the airport and in the tourism industry.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongHong Kong Airlines is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new campaign titled ‘Flying Beyond’. In addition to the new Vancouver service, the airline will mark the arrival of its first A350 aircraft in August 2017 as part of its ongoing fleet expansion. It will also debut its new VIP lounge at HKG in the first quarter of 2017, which will offer upgraded premium services to more passengers. Travelweek Group Posted by Hong Kong Airlines will make North American debut in 2017 with daily YVR servicecenter_img Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Tags: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines, North America, Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport, YVR << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Meet a NASA Astronaut at WonderWorks

first_imgMeet a NASA Astronaut at WonderWorksMeet a NASA Astronaut at WonderWorksWonderWorks in Pigeon Forge has planned a temporary exhibit that is out of this world, and everyone is invited to blast off with it. The indoor park that combines amusement and educational opportunities is hosting a NASA exhibit from October 5-8, 2017 that will focus on the amazing world of science and the planets. The exhibit will feature scaled models of spacecraft and a virtual reality experience of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System. There will also be artifacts such as a real moon rock that people can touch, and a meet and greet with former space shuttle astronaut Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson. The fun and educational exhibit is slated to help further interest in STEM education and careers and is ideal for all ages.“This is such an exciting exhibit for people and we are thrilled to be hosting it,” states Ed Shaffer, General Manager for WonderWorks. “Being able to meet a real astronaut and touch a moon rock is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that you don’t want to miss.”The NASA exhibit will kick off with Captain Gibson visiting local middle schools to speak to students about his experience being in space. He will be at WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Meet and greet opportunities are from 11 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., and from 3:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m., where he will answer questions, pose for photos, and give autographs. Media interviews will also be available.The NASA exhibit will feature:The Exploration Systems virtual tour allows participants to experience the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft up close as they sit on the mobile launcher at Kennedy Space Center. Users will be transported to Launchpad 39B where they will receive a brief overview of the different components that make up the most powerful rocket ever built, the SLS. Once the overview is complete, they will then be placed inside an Orion Spacecraft virtual environment prior to launch.Guest will be able to take and print a photo of themselves in a spacesuit with either an SLS, Orion, Mars rover, or International Space Station background. This is a one-of-a-kind keepsake!Space Launch System 1:50 scale model on a mobile launcher and a 1:20 scale Orion Spacecraft table top model.Touchable moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission.“We are ready to grow interest in space explorations,” added Shaffer. “There will be plenty of opportunities for pictures, asking questions, and observing, making it an amazing experience for all.”Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson served as a NASA astronaut from 1979 until 1996 and is a veteran of five space shuttle flights. He has logged more than 36 days in space, including having commanded the first docking of the space shuttle to the Russian space station Mir. He is also a graduate of the TOPGUN Navy Fighter Weapons School.WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge offers 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” opportunities, billing itself as an amusement park for the mind. They offer over 100 hands-on exhibits covering natural disasters, space discovery, an imagination lab, a physical challenge zone, a far out art gallery, and a light and sound zone. WonderWorks is open daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. For more information or to register for the event, log onto their site: WonderWorksWonderWorks, a science focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits – there is something unique and challenging for all ages. Feel the power of 71mph hurricane–force winds in theHurricane Shack. Make huge, life–sized bubbles in the Bubble Lab. Get the NASA treatment in our Astronaut Training Gyro and experience zero gravity. Nail it by lying on the death–defying Bed of Nails. Conquer your fear of heights on our indoor Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course. WonderWorks is also home to Wonders of Magic, starring Terry Evanswood, the award-winning and longest running performer in Pigeon Forge. WonderWorks hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. Open daily from 9 a.m. until midnight. = WonderWorkslast_img read more